Germany has now removed its ban on selling guns and weapons to Ukraine and has committed to meeting its NATO defence requirements after the Russian moves in Ukraine, in a decision vindicating long-standing criticism from Trump.
After years of not meeting its NATO obligations, Germany, who is the economic powerhouse of Europe has now committed to spending 2 per cent of its GDP at least on defence.
Speaking in the Bundestag on Saturday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated: “From now on, over 2 per cent of our GDP will go towards our defence,” announcing the German government will give an additional €100 billion towards the German military, the Bundeswehr.
While Germany has boosted its defence spending recently, it has consistently not reached the NATO threshold, giving only 1.53 per cent on defence last year, as the NATO figures show.
In 2018, President Donald Trump said: “It is very sad when Germany makes a huge gas partnership with Russia, where are supposed to be protecting from Russia, and they pay billions per year to Russia. We are protecting Germany, France, we are guarding all these nations.”
“We are paying so much money to protect, this has been happening for decades… It is very unfair to our nation, unfair to American taxpayers… these countries must step it up, not over ten years, but immediately.”
The President also spoke about a reliance on Russian gas, Germany was “captive” to Putin’s regime. After years of controversy, the German leaders finally decided to stop the opening of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline just last week.
During an exclusive 2018 interview with Breitbart London, the American Ambassador to Germany at the time, Richard Grenell, said that Germany’s commitment to NATO was “woeful”, saying: “Germany has the largest economy in Europe. They made a promise to NATO, and they should be serious about this commitment; it is a multilateral group that guarantees freedom.”
On top of Germany meeting its military spending requirements, it also reversed its prohibition on sending weapons to conflict areas. Chancellor Scholz said that the country would be sending 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 surface-to-air missiles in the coming days.